Brother to Brother

Writer/director Rodney Evansconceived Brother to Brother partly to dramatize his individual experiences as an alienated artist coming of age. Evans, a documentarian, wanted to make a narrative film about topics that never have been dealt with before. His insight  ...

Queer as Folk

Fans of the American version of Queer as Folk need a fix so bad that the fizzle of the last two seasons will hardly matter as the rainbow sets on Pittsburgh’s mythical gaytropolis.After more than a year, the show  ...

Broadway: The American Musical

There are two types of people--those who hate musicals and those who would knock their own mothers down to get a front row seat. It’s fitting that Julie Andrews narrates PBS’s landmark series Broadway: The American Musical since Andrews,  ...

Marlon Brando (1924 – 2004)

“The close-up says everything. It's then that an actor's learned, rehearsed behavior becomes most obvious to an audience and chips away, unconsciously, at its experience of reality. In a close-up, the audience is only inches away and your face  ...

Queer as Folk

Magic Color Clock from the Metropolitan Museum of Art The Americanization of the groundbreaking British series, Queer as Folk, has been a hit and miss affair. Desperate to stay at the head of the  ...

Queer as Folk

How queer can Queer As Folk be as Showtime’s hottest series? It depends. If you are an activist transsexual lesbian fighting for a seat on the city council to represent sexual minorities, it probably offers nothing much. Yet, this  ...

Judy Garland: By Myself

For years public television stations would dust off the great episodes of The Judy Garland Show from the early 60s or recreations of her triumphant stage show Judy at Carnegie Hall, to raise pledge money. They even would rerun  ...

Angels in America

“History is about to crack wide open…Millennium Approaches!" announces the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg to the writhing body of Roy Cohn (notorious crony to Hoover, McCarthy and Nixon) who is dying of AIDS. It is one of countless brilliant  ...

Embarrassments – Laurence Klavan/Polly Pen

Can anyone find a theater story to tell that avoids the backstage cliches? What about a musical about the stage as seen through the eyes of dusty literary lion Henry James? It would give even the ballsiest writer pause.Yet,  ...

Cassandra Wilson in Concert

Cassandra Wilson continues to open up possibilities of what a jazz singer of her talent and vocal temperament can do. Her recently released CD, Glamoured,contains several tunes that you wouldn’t think could be jazz tracks. On tour for Glamoured,  ...